(Closed) Where do you seat vendors for their meal?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
13290 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Our vendors eat in the kitchen, and are not seated among our guests.  Many specifically asked to not be seated at a guest table for their meal.

Post # 4
1102 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

This is a GREAT question. I do not know the answer but am subscribing!

Post # 5
8444 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@Mulan05:  I’m thinking about setting up extra cocktail rounds just for this reason.  I’d love to hear what other bees have done though.

Post # 6
4419 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

They are not seated with the guests.  I honestly did not worry about my vendors eating. I hired them to work, not to eat. They were responsible for eating and taking care of their tummies on their time, not on mine.  That might sound cold, but they weren’t guests. I don’t think they really want to be treated like guests, because they’re there to work. 

Post # 7
2968 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

we got 1 extra table for the vendors to sit at if they needed to and it looked just like the tables for the guests- same linen, centerpiece, etc. i believe our dj, bartender, and the photo booth attendants just stayed seated at their “stations,” but our photographer and mariachi sat at the table we provided.

edit: if it matters, the dj, mariachi, and bartender, are old friends of my parents, so we couldn’t NOT feed them, but even if they were strangers, they still would have been seated at a table. 

Post # 8
8695 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@abbie017:  My vendors told me the same. They said it would be awkward to sit with guests.

Post # 9
1710 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Walt Disney World

I’m assuming they eat in the kitchen.  We are paying for vendor meals too (it’s part of our contract).

Post # 10
2457 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I actually have no ideas where my vendors ate! I was too busy with everything else to notice :/ We did provide them with food, though. 🙂 And, we didn’t receive complaints. 

Post # 11
8576 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

We will probably have a separate table just for our vendors [2 bartenders, 1 photographer & assistant, and our dj]. Our DJ is a client of mine [I’ve hired her to DJ at my place of business many times], so I will probably seat her at my co-worker table, since she knows/likes them. The others will probably be at another table.

We have a kitchen at our venue but its not nearly big enough to put a table in. They are very welcome to eat at their station if they like as well. Whatever works for them.

Post # 13
430 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

This is a great question.. I think the only person who would need a meal is our photographer but she is going to be by herself so not sure when she would eat since she will be there getting pictures of the day.

Post # 14
9053 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

My DJ specifically wanted to just eat in his booth.

The photographers happened to eat in the lobby area, but they were advised that there was an empty chair at a table that had a good view of the head table if they wanted to eat and be able to snap a picture if something particularly awesome happened during dinner.  It turned out they switched off taking photos and eating in the lobby really quick.

Post # 15
55 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Some of ours ate in the kitchen because they got hungry during the reception. I believe the photogs ate in shifts. The rest, including coordinators, waited til the entire thing was over before sitting down to eat. The waiters just re-set a couple of the guest tables for them and served them there. only the photogs were able to eat during because there was enough of them to work in shifts but everyone else waited… I’m guessing they had a light meal between our ceremony and reception to tide them over til dinner. 

Post # 16
979 posts
Busy bee

As a vendor myself, photographer, we suggest a separate set up table for vendors. A lot of venues will help you set this up and offer this option for you, or they will suggest an area where they can put the vendors for dinner time.  Sometimes a specifi venue doesn’t have a room to put vendors, and they don’t want them in the kitchen area becuase they’ll just be in the way with all the food service going on in there. especially if it’s a sit down dinner. 

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